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Former University of Iowa football player Steve Manders presses Tony Deppen over his head at an Action Wrestling event in Tyrone, Ga. Manders is among the wrestlers from across the nation who will wrestle in the Scenic City Rumble. / Contributed photo by Alec Thomas of Top Rope Images

Up-and-coming wrestlers from the Southeast and across the nation will face off at Scenic City Rumble, a fundraiser for the East Hamilton High School baseball team.

The event is being held at the school Saturday, Feb. 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with bell time at 7:30.

Promoter Dylan Hales said Scenic City Professional Wrestling has held numerous fundraising events since 2016 for athletic programs at various Hamilton County high schools — such as East Ridge, Hixson, Soddy-Daisy and Sale Creek — and this will be the fourth benefiting East Hamilton. Those events raised tens of thousands of dollars for the schools, including $20,000 for East Hamilton alone, he said.

"In addition to raising money for the schools, Scenic City [Professional Wrestling] has a reputation for elevating local wrestling talent," said Hales. "If you want to see guys who are going to be on TV in the next year to three years, you should come see this show."

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Action Wrestling and Southern Underground Pro Champion AC Mack poses with both belts. Mack won last year's Scenic City Rumble and is participating in this year's event as well. / Contributed photo by Alec Thomas of Top Rope Images

At least a dozen former competitors in Scenic City events have gone on to wrestle professionally for World Wrestling Entertainment or All Elite Wrestling.

Wrestlers to watch at the Scenic City Rumble include Benjamin Carter and former University of Iowa football player Steve Manders, who were both trained by WWE wrestler Seth Rollins, said Hales.

The winner of the Scenic City Rumble will go on to compete at the Scenic City Invitational, to be held July 31 and Aug. 1 at Soddy-Daisy High School.

The family-friendly Rumble is wheelchair accessible. Tickets cost $10.50 for general admission or $15.75 for floor seating and can be purchased at the door or online at sciwrestling.com.

Email Emily Crisman at ecrisman@timesfreepress.com.

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